Easterns went to Maritzburg as dark horses in their Africa T20 Cup pool, but they returned to the Highveld with a place in the semi-finals.
After wins over Western Province, KZN Coastals and defending champions KZN Inland, their place in finals weekend was confirmed with a game to spare.
"We really had an excellent week in Maritzburg. We made some really strong starts with the bat in our matches, which allowed us to put pressure on the opposition," skipper Grant Thomson reflected.
The strong batting was then supplemented by some excellent bowling, led by Dylan Matthews, who had a very strong showing.
Thomson himself was also miserly upfront, and that crippling effect allowed Easterns to strangle their foes' scoring rate.
"We just tried to keep it simple, and making over 170 in each of the first three matches made the job much easier. We had three half centuries and a 49 from the batsmen, and that eases the pressure on the rest of the team," he pointed out.
Those big totals also forced the opposition to try and stay in touch with the required rate, which played into the hands of Thomson and his men.
"I think it has really helped to come from a strong build up towards the Africa Cup, with the Titans Bash just a week before.
"I was actually counting, and I have played 10 T20 matches in the last 17 days," he quipped.
Added to that, the finals weekend has been brought a lot closer to the pool stages, so there is no lapse in enthusiasm or change of format.
"In years gone by, you sometimes waited a few weeks, because the pool matches were on different weekends. You would go back into three-day competitions, and then suddenly have to switch back," Thomson recalled.
"But having it like this keeps us in the zone, and we feel we have a really strong chance to bring in some silverware ."
As he pointed out, it has been a while since the Titans feeder team brought in some loot, but they have been getting closer.
"If we look at the end of last season, we won five games on the trot. With a bit of luck, we could have found ourselves in a final. We know we are on the right track, and it would be awesome to start the season in style."
That said, Thomson is not overlooking their semi-final opponents, Border. The loss against Uganda, in a dead rubber, was a timely reminder of how things can unravel in T20 cricket.
"They are a dangerous team, and we can't afford to start slowly. Our intensity has to be up, otherwise we will not be in that final. The game against Uganda provided some valuable lessons, and we took those on board."
Come Heritage Day, Thomson and his men want to be braaing in style, with a trophy next to the fire. After last weekend, they are a step closer to making that dream a reality